YOUthDIG – the Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance – is a two days track to prepare for EuroDIG. Participants (18-30 years old) have the opportunity of:

  • peer-learning and networking with youths residing in Europe
  • discussing and exchanging with experienced net politics practitioners
  • working out youth messages to be presented at EuroDIG and the global UN IGF


Translations from these messages are available in the wiki.


1. Fake News

  • “Fake news” undermines democracy, trust in the media, and content published on the Internet because “fake news” misleads citizens and lowers trust in content publishers. All stakeholders should make digital literacy a priority, which includes critical thinking skills to recognise fake news.

2. Right to Publish Content

  • Freedom of expression is valued, and citizens should be able to publish content without government restriction. This should be in accordance with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


3. Access to the Internet

  • Although access to the Internet is not universally recognized as a human right at this point in time, it should be considered a crucial enabler for rights such as but not limited to: freedom of expression and assembly, and right to information and education. Also, it should be at the heart of discussions around connectivity and digital inclusion.

4. Net Neutrality

  • Economic interests should not be the single defining factor in who can access what Internet content and services, where, and when.

5. Intermediary Liability

  • Content takedown should not be the lowest common denominator between regulators and intermediary service providers. Controversial content is also not inherently harmful.
  • The lack of transparency of intermediary service providers’ business practices and algorithms should be addressed in order to ensure users’ rights are respected.

6. Human Rights Instruments

  • What applies offline also applies online.
  • Instruments that govern digital rights should not be a matter of states alone but be based on multistakeholder collaboration.


7. Critical Internet Infrastructure Security

  • We call on all stakeholders, in collaboration with each other, to ensure the security and stability of critical Internet infrastructure, and safeguard it against both physical and cyber threats without violating human rights.

8. Emerging Technology Security

  • We urge all stakeholders to emphasize security issues of emerging technologies, such as the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, and botnets. With the proliferation of these technologies into everyday life, end user vulnerability to numerous threats can – and does – jeopardize life, health, property, and human rights.

9. Child Safety Online

  • We call on law enforcement agencies, Internet service providers, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen cooperation in combating online sexual exploitation of children.
  • Parents, schools, and educators should collaborate on cyberbullying awareness and prevention.

10. Data Security

  • All stakeholders should respect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data. Improving cybersecurity literacy of end users and developing related information and communications technology skills is critical, especially among youth, and we call on all stakeholders to advocate for the use of updated software and secure connections.

YOUthDIG PROGRAMME, 3-5 June 2017, Tallinn / Estonia

as of 15 May 2017

Self studyThe history of the Internet (online lecture) and reading recommendation

Saturday, 3 June 2017 - Arrival
20.00Welcoming dinner and get to know each other at Kochi Aidad

Sunday, 4 June 2017
09.00 – 10.30Category 1 / Internet Governance* - what does it means for you and why does it matter?
Q&A follow up from the self study with all Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Focal Point: Oliana Sula
10.30 – 11.00Break
11.00 – 12.30Category 2 / Human rights *- SME: Mart Susi, Focal Point: Elisabeth Schauermann
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.30Category 3 / Security *- SME: Tatiana Tropina, Focal Point: Michael Oghia
15.30 – 16.00Break
16.00 – 17.30Trust building exercise
20.00Cooking School

Monday, 5 June 2017
09.00 – 10.30Category 4 / Media *- SME: Yrjö Länsipuro, Focal Point: Daniel Waugh
10.30 – 11.00Break
11.00 – 12.30Breakout sessions to the categories discussed  (four groups are discussing in depth with SMEs)
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 16.00Drafting the youth messages
16.00 – 16.30Break
16.30 – 17.30Presentation of youth messages and wrap up
18.00EuroDIG welcome cocktail

*These topics are in accordance with the 7 categories of the EuroDIG programme. The category Internet Governance was set and fellows chose all other categories to be included in the programme.



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